Ritz Theatre(New York, NY)
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by TV News Desk - May 8, 2019
Smithsonian Channel takes the Sea of Okhotsk by storm with RUSSIA'S WILD SEA, the first comprehensive documentary revealing this untouched area of natural wonders. Located almost 4,000 miles from Moscow in Russia's Far East, the Sea of Okhotsk is a constant survival battleground for humans and a range of wildlife that includes orcas and humpback whales, as well as tigers prowling the forests. The two-part special from award-winning director Franz Hafner tells the fascinating stories of the region's inhabitants and presents the incredible contrasts of the sea's beauty and wilderness, rarely seen on film. RUSSIA'S WILD SEA debuts on Wednesday, June 5 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel, with the second hour premiering Wednesday, June 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
by Nancy Grossman - May 6, 2019
Never mind all those Marvel heroes and the new bladder buster movie 'Avengers: Endgame,' if you want to see a real heroine in action, line up for the Gold Dust Orphans' final show at the soon-to-be repurposed Machine Nightclub. Kiki Samko takes the director's reins and wrangles all of the players into a cohesive ensemble, with several of the actors taking on two (and, in one case, three) roles. Qya Marie has moved up the ranks of the Orphans to become a dynamic leading player. Tim Lawton wears multiple hats as music director, Trump, and Bald Eagle, and his hilarious and eerily spot-on rendition of the orange one is among the finest performances I've seen him give. Ryan Landry's writing also lands a flurry of blows, expressing more transparent social and political commentary than usual. If you're in the mood for some super (hero) entertainment, make it THE EBONIC WOMAN.
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2019
From an early age, Franklin Towngate fantasized about writing a book that mirrored the TV shows and cartoons of his youth. He took a creative writing class in high school and was inspired to write several manuscripts, one of which was recently published - 'The Harlem Knight'
by Kay Kudukis - May 23, 2019
Saturday was beautiful night under the stars and LimonCarr Desert Theatricals, in partnership with the City of Rancho Mirage, provided just the right entertainment with their production of The Pirates of Penzance.
by Andria Tieman - May 22, 2019
Trinity Rep closes out their 2018-2019 season with Jose' Rivera's MARISOL, the 1993 Obie winner for best new play. It's a hodgepodge of magical realism and absurdism set in a rapidly disintegrating New York City, and is grand in scope as we learn that people's guardian angels have to abandon them to fight a war in the heavens. There is a lot to wrap your head around in this layered story, but a lack of clear direction makes it hard to find desperately-needed footing. Â What the audience is left with feels like a lot of sound and fury.
by Bruce Apar - May 22, 2019
This trio is comprised of somewhat eccentric avatars of male camaraderie, peppered with anomie. Any evidence of bonhomie is in short supply for the 85 minutes we are in the company of the battling bosom buddies.
by Seth Tucker - May 21, 2019
The theatrical landscape has been enriched by the ambition of this daring company and "Gutenberg! The Musical!" is their newest and most refreshing addition.
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2019
In celebration of what would have been Anne Frank's 90th birthday this June, the Simon Wiesenthal Center presents the U.S. premiere of Anne, A New Play, a unique play by Dutch playwrights Jessica Durlacher and Leon de Winter that reframes Anne's story through an unconventional lens. Produced by five-time Tony award nominee Suzi Dietz, Durlacher and de Winter's play has been newly adapted for American audiences by Nick Blaemire from a translation by Susan Massotty and is directed by Eve Brandstein. Previews begin June 5, with opening night set for June 16 at the Peltz Theater in the Center's Museum of Tolerance, where performances will continue through July 22.
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2019
A year ago, the University of Michigan Board of Regents approved plans for a $19 million building for the Department of Dance at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance-its first dedicated facility in a storied 110-year history. Â
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2019
The Playwrights RealmÂ announces its 2019-2020 season productions, with world premieres of Anna Moench'sÂ Mothers (beginning September 13, 2019 at the Duke on 42nd Street, 229 W 42nd St), and Noah Diaz's Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally (beginning April 3, 2020 at A.R.T./New York Theatres, 502 W 53rd St), two bold new works from early-career playwrights about parental care-and what that means in circumstances that have catapulted beyond anyone's control.Inconjunction with Mothers, the Playwrights Realm proudly pilots the Radical Parent-Inclusion Project, which seeks to dismantle the barriers preventing parent-artists from succeeding in the theater by illuminating, creating, and tracking new pathways of access and approaches to production.
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2019
LAURA CHURCH MAKO, 102, of Beverly Hills, CA, died May 10, 2019, three weeks shy of her 103rd birthday. Laura Mae Church, born May 29, 1916 was a renowned interior designer and decorator for over 75 years.
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2019
TimeLine Theatre Company presents theÂ Chicago premiere ofÂ Too Heavy for Your Pocket, which doubles as the Chicago debut of rising young playwright and TV writer Jireh Breon Holder, recently named one of "Tomorrow's Marquee Names, Now in the Making" byÂ The New York Times.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2019
Internationally acclaimed aerial dance company Gravity & Levity presents its celebratory tenth birthday edition of the annual European Aerial Dance Festival (EADF) from the 5th to 17th August 2019 at The Point, Eastleigh with thanks from support by Arts Council England.
BWW Preview: The Touring Production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is 'Worth the Schlep' from the Coachella Valley and Inland Empire
by Audrey Liebross - Jun 4, 2019
POTO's current national touring production is about to land in the Los Angeles area, possibly for the last time. It is worth the trip from the Coachella Valley.
BWW Review: Queer Consciousness and Hella Life Lessons Drive BRIEF CHRONICLE, BOOKS 6-8 at Access Theater
by Derek McCracken - Jun 4, 2019
Absurd, engaging and frequently flat-out surprising, Brief Chronicle, Books 6-8 is a tasty mouthful of downtown theater. Genders bend, time warps, roles reverse and sobriety teeters in this contemporary and contemplative ghost story from the expansive imagination of playwright Alex Borinsky and director Augustus Heagerty.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2019
TUTS' Jerome Robbins' Broadway - the final show in the company's 201819 Season, is now on stage! What did the critics think? Read all the reviews!
by Cindy Marcolina - Jun 27, 2019
In a Catholic boarding school in the United States, a group of teenagers try to find their place in the world. They grapple with accepting their sexual orientation and identity, trying to reconcile their self-discovery with the religious education they've been subjected to.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2019
Chris Young doubles down on the Nielsen and radio airplay charts this week as âDrowningâ and âRaised On Countryâ set new milestones for the multi-platinum entertainer.
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 23, 2019
It should come as no surprise that Fun Home, therefore, that the aforementioned Broadway hit featuring music by Jeanine Tesori, with book and lyrics by Lisa Kron based upon Bechdel's graphic novel, is one of my favorite works in the canon of contemporary American Musical Theater. What some readers might find surprising, however, is that I fell absolutely and deeply in love with the show once over, thanks to a production from, of all places, Murfreesboro Little Theatre, where the show completes its much-too-brief run today with its 2 p.m. matinee.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2019
A memory play in the vein of Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs, Chenango River Theatre is proud to produce the world premiere of the unforgettable comedy Incident At Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
by TV News Desk - Jun 19, 2019
ESPN announced the nominees forÂ The 2019 ESPYS presented by Capital OneÂ today and fan voting has begun.Â Serena Williams, Tiger Woods, Zion Williamson, Kevin Durant, Simone Biles, Alexander Ovechkin, Chloe Kim, Drew Brees, Mookie Betts, and more among nominees atÂ The 2019 ESPYSÂ hosted byÂ Tracy Morgan.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2019
Acclaimed bassist and composer Chris Lightcap taps into the best of both worlds of acoustic jazz and propulsive electric arrangements with an all-star group featuring the sound sculptor's two critically acclaimed ensembles, Bigmouth and Superette. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of his debut album as a bandleader Lay-Up (1999), Lightcap doubles up with the City's premier jazz visionaries for an unflinching amalgamation of his two singular groups on his latest studio recording, SuperBigmouth (Pyroclastic Records, October 4, 2019). The supergroup features the electrifying lineup of Lightcap alongside keyboardist Craig Taborn, tenor saxophonists Tony Malaby and Chris Cheek, guitarists Jonathan Goldberger and Curtis Hasselbring, and drummers Gerald Cleaver and Dan Rieser.
by Peter Nason - Jun 17, 2019
A perfect remedy for the summertime blahs.
by Juliana Asbill - Jun 17, 2019
Finding Neverland's national tour landed in Jackson, Mississippi on Tuesday, June 11th with the promise of a glimpse into the creation of one of the most beloved Disney stories of all time - Peter Pan. And who better to weave that tale than the author himself, J.M. Barrie? Closing out the 2018-2019 Broadway in Jackson series presented by Trustmark, the musical captivated audience members at Thalia Mara Hall with adventures with pirates, indians, fairies, and even a crocodile.
by Jack L. B. Gohn - Jun 15, 2019
Disaster! lovingly pokes fun at two staples of 1970s popular culture: disaster movies like Towering Inferno and The Poseidon Adventure and the disco-heavy pop music of the era. Whether to go is not going to present any great dilemmas. This is a perfect summer evening's smart-alecky entertainment.
by TV News Desk - Jul 8, 2019
It's a whirlwind season of epic changes, bold personalities and astonishing moments when TLC's long-running franchise SAY YES TO THE DRESS returns with brand-new episodes on Saturday, July 20 at 9PM ETPT. Just as Kleinfeld Bridal pulls back the curtain on a massive, modern redesign of its salon, Randy Fenoli, iconic bridal expert, encounters several daring brides-to-be who are searching for unique, modern wedding attire that bucks tradition. From black dresses to jumpsuits, Randy and the consultants are nearly pushed to their limit as they juggle tighter-than-usual deadlines and demanding entourages in order to make every bride's dream come true.
by Derek McCracken - Jul 29, 2019
This review is not about Monica Lewinsky. Monica: This Play Is Not About Monica Lewinsky, stars Caroline Kinsolving as the complex, archetype-defying quasi-Monica. This clever time-shifting one-act play succinctly captures the tension between holding on and letting go of one's identity in an era where private lives are frequently made public either strategically or by scandal.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2019
The Florida Festival of New Musicals at The Winter Park Playhouse continues to grow strong and show its staying power as it doubles its submissions and increases its audience attendance. The recent 3rd Annual Festival also showed a marked increase in attendance by producers from New York City and all over the nation - a sign of the Festival's growing appeal to those who have the ability to get new musical works from page to stage.
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jul 23, 2019
BWW catches up with Ockham's Razor to chat about bringing This Time to the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2019
Fresh off the heels of releasing the remix for his smash âBetchua (Bitchuary)â feat. Wiz Khalifa and A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Baltimore artist Shordie Shordie doubles down on his summer takeover with the release of his newest track âDistractions.' With another side of his emotions on display, Shordie croons over the piano keys, vulnerably questioning why he can't get that special someone off his mind.
by Sophia Lambton - Jul 21, 2019
*****#JakubHrusa builds a wondrous labyrinth of melodies with @bambergsymphony and @JoshuaBellMusic in the original #BohemianRhapsody @BBCProms
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2019
Exeter Northcott Theatre has launched a campaign to help low-income families enjoy Christmas with free pantomime tickets.
by TV News Desk - Jul 19, 2019
Today,Â THE FLAMING LIPSÂ release their 15thÂ studio album,Â King's Mouth: Music And Songs,Â via Warner Records on vinyl, CD and digital platforms. The original gold colored vinyl Record Store Day limited edition pressing sold out instantly.Â King's MouthÂ is now widely available on all formats. To coincide with the album's release and tour, a brand-new video from the albumÂ âHow Many Times,â is also released today. In typical Lipsian fashion, the video is lysergically colorful and completely joyous in its simplicity.Â It was shot in the band's hometown of Oklahoma City and directed by Wayne Coyne. ClickÂ HEREÂ to purchaseÂ King's Mouth: Music And Songs.
by TV News Desk - Jul 18, 2019
Hot off the heels of a whirlwind European festival run that saw the band headline major stages in the UK, Russia, Ukraine, and Czech Republic,Â and ahead of the West Coast leg of their headlining tour,Â FRANK IERO AND THE FUTURE VIOLENTSÂ haveÂ just released a videoÂ for their song 'Great Party.' The song is a cut fromÂ their brand new recordÂ BarriersÂ (released May 31, 2019Â viaÂ UNFD). This is the second music video to be released fromÂ Barriers, following the video for lead single 'Young and Doomed' earlier this year.Â
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2019
Positioning himself at the forefront of the culture yet again, gold-certified Dallas rapperÂ Yella BeezyÂ maintains an unbreakable hot streak with the new single ï»¿âBacc At It AgainâÂ [feat.Â QuavoÂ &Â Gucci Mane].Â
by TV News Desk - Jul 1, 2019
Boulder, CO-based singer-songwriter Lisa Bell is set to release her fifth album,Â Back Seat, on September 6, 2019.Â Already known as a musically diverse Americana artist with jazz influences, Lisa Bell shifts gears with the release, compiling a potent album that nods to the influences that have helped sharpen her sound â including laidback R&B, melodic soul, and American roots music â while also pushing into contemporary, Triple A-friendly territory. Gluing the mix together are Bell's expressive voice and ever-evolving writing chops, which combine to tell the story of an empty nester who, having spent years raising her children, is ready to climb back into the driver's seat and chase down new dreams. The album was produced by Evan Reeves.
Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Announce Jordan Peele's US at Halloween Horror Nights
by TV News Desk - Aug 7, 2019
The reality unearthed in Universal Pictures' global horror film blockbuster,Â Us, from visionary Academy AwardÂ®-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele, becomes perilously tethered toÂ Universal Studios HollywoodÂ andÂ Universal Orlando ResortÂ in all-new terrifying âHalloween Horror Nightsâ mazes, debuting this September.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2019
Women Writes and Melissa Jordan in association with the Belgrade Theatre Coventry are delighted to announce full casting for the world premiere of its forthcoming production, Holding the Centre.
by Charles Shubow - Aug 23, 2019
It is not often one opens a theater program and on page one sees a letter from composer Stephen Sondheim. I had the privilege of attending the joint Jason Robert Brown and Stephen Sondheim concert on June 24, 2019 at Town Hall in New York City to raise funds for 'Brady United Against Gun Violence' (see link below). It was a very moving evening of great theatrical music by two of this country's best composers.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2019
Kansas City theatrical artists Elaine Clifford, Coleman Crenshaw, Ryan Fortney, Todd Lanker, and Bailey Rose announce the formation of Forge Repertory Theatre a new theatre company dedicated to creating and revitalizing work through collaborative storytelling by partnering emerging artists with established KC talent.
BWW Review: THE BROTHERS SIZE at Ancram Opera House - Probing, Searing Drama More Intimate Than Ever
by Dan Dwyer - Aug 12, 2019
It's hard to imagine a more intimate or powerful production of Tarell Alvin McCraney's 'The Brothers Size' than the probing, searing version on stage at the Ancram Opera House. Director Martine Kei Green -Rogers totally realizes McCraney's multi-textured storytelling of prose, song and dance, putting three fabulous actors in your face (just about) off a thrust stage and into the audience in the compact, old grange hall in upstate Hudson Valley.
by Vikki Jane Vile - Aug 10, 2019
Friday's press night performance of Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet was one of the most breathtaking nights at the theatre in a long time, and that's without including a live show stop.Â
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2019
Universal Orlando Resort is building a new, fourth, theme park to be called Universal's Epic Universe.Â The vision: create an entirely new level of experience that forever changes theme park entertainment.
by Jeffrey Ellis - Aug 1, 2019
Cori Anne Laemmel continues to do amazing things at The Theater Bug a?' whether it's creating new and compelling art, engaging in revealing collaborations with other creative individuals, or, more importantly, providing a safe space for a new generation of young theater artists eager to transform their own lives through self-expression a?' and there is absolutely no reason to believe that she's anywhere near a stopping point. And, because of her sincere endeavors to give back in much the same way her own life has been enriched by theater, Nashville directors may rest assured that the bench of skilled and capable actors willing (yearning!) to take to the stage for years to come is indeed very deep.
by TV News Desk - Apr 30, 2019
SHOWTIME is bringing fans more DESUS & MERO, expanding the show to two nights a week for a special summer run. The network's first-ever late-night talk show will air two nights a week starting Monday May 6 and will air Monday and Thursday nights at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT all summer long, up until its August hiatus beginning Monday, August 5. DESUS & MERO features the duo chatting with guests at the intersection of pop culture, sports, music, politics and more, as well as giving their take on the day's hot topics in their signature style in front of a small live studio audience from New York City.
by Sean Fallon - Apr 29, 2019
On Sunday, April 28, I had the pleasure of seeing THE WAFFLE HOUSE FIVE as put on by Pantochino Productions at the MAC in Milford, CT.Â This musical comedy features book and lyrics by Director Bert Bernardi with music by Justin Riggs. This tells the story of Waffle House workers who agree to split the winnings if any of them win the lottery, and how that plays out, if one of them really does win.
by Sean Fallon - Apr 27, 2019
On Saturday, April 27, I had the pleasure of seeing SNOW WHITE at the Downtown Cabaret Children's Theatre in Bridgeport, CT.Â This is an excellent season finale to what has been another wonderful season at the Downtown Cabaret Children's Theatre.Â Under the direction of Frank Root and choreography of Cassie Carroll, the stellar cast has once again brought life to Phill Hill's brilliant writing that keeps the children enthralled while simultaneously providing entertainment for the adults.Â
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2019
Rubicon Theatre continues the company's 21st "Coming of Age" season with the World Premiere of WOMEN BEYOND BORDERS, a play inspired by and loosely based on the remarkable journey of Lorraine Serena and a dynamic group of California-based artists who founded the non-profit Women Beyond Borders (WBB). Determined to "make art as if the world matters," Serena and her friends fell upon the idea of box as metaphor: hope chest, treasure chest, womb, coffin, etc. They replicated a miniature wooden box no bigger than the size of a human heart and sent the boxes to curators and friends in other countries with the goal of encouraging dialogue, collaboration and community among women and honoring creativity. The founders of WBB were astonished at what came back to them - eloquent expressions of the enormous depth and variety, but also the universality, of women's experiences throughout the world. The boxes were accompanied by equally astonishing artists' statements, in the form of letters, poems and stories asking about transcending barriers: geographical, social, racial, economic, emotional, gender-related, spiritual, etc.
by Elliot Lanes - Apr 26, 2019
There is an old expression in theater about knowing when to shut up and sing. Some performers refuse to subscribe to that theory. If I use Wednesday's concert at the Music Center at Strathmore as a basis, multi-award-winning singer/activist Alan Cumming is â or at least can be or is prone to be â one of those performers.